Friday, November 30, 2012

Victory is Mine!

Let the happy dance of victory begin!

I crossed the 50k finish line in the very wee hours this morning. My story ended with 50,447 words and I am very happy with the results. I think this is the first year I've won with more than 30 minutes to spare before midnight.

Over all this was my least stressful writing month. There were the 20k blues and the panic when my story was done and I had more words to write...which happened three times. The resulting twist were fun and I love the story.

I really want to try and polish it up in the new year. December is going to be a nice writing break. I'm looking forward to Christmas decorating, parties, and seeing my family. Then, after the holidays the revisions will begin. My goal is to be able to have something for beta readers by May. I hope I'm not being too optimistic. For now it is time to celebrate with dancing:


 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thankful Thursday: 80-89

I am thankful for:

70. ...stamps camp
71. ...ML day
72. ...friend's I can call at any hour
73. ...lap top loans
74. ...technology to retrieve files from a dead lap top
75. ...hope
76. ...laughter
77. ...anticipation
78. ...my mom never signed me up for child beauty pagans (just saw a bit of Toddlers and Tiaras)
79. ...my mother checking up on me
The new Thankful Thursday challenge is to share thousand unique blessings, this is the list so far: 1-31, 32-42, 43-54, 55-59, 60-69, 70-79,

Novel Update: feeling discouraged
Word Count: 38,474 of 50,000

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

My Pinky is Purple

My pinkie was dyed purple*, I even took a picture for proof. Sadly I left the camera at home so I can't upload the images. Why would I let someone dye my pinky purple? To help raise funds for the New Minas Rotary Clubs campaign to help eradicate polio.
"Rotary International, which committed to ending polio in 1985, has been applauded by nearly everyone, including the United Nations and the Wall Street Journal, for being instrumental in reducing the polio plague to less than 2,000 cases each year today in just four countries—Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria and India." (source)


Is your pinky purple?
For more information check out End Polio Now.

*When a child is vaccinated they mark the pinky with purple so that there is not a mix up and a child receives a double dose or another gets missed.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Writer's Block

I have it. I don't think it is contagious. And it isn't deadly -except to my story. I've got a through lack of inspiration. I'm not sure what to write or where to go with my adventure.

I hate that I am just staring at the screen watching the curse blink at me as it waits for typing to start. The lack of inspiration has slipped into my blogging. This is all I got.

I'm going to go home and try to write 2,000 words....after I eat supper.

Monday, November 19, 2012

ML Appreciation

Tonight was a great writing night! Well great write in less productive and more social but it was also a surprise (that I knew about it) ML appeciation night. I love being appreciated. And I got a card with a picture of a cake which is almost as good as a real cake. Which made me think of Portal. Which made me think of this song:



I apologize, it will be posted again when I win :)

Word Count: 38,474/50,000

Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Simple Woman Daybook 125

FOR TODAY: November 18, 2012
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window....early morning sunshine.

I am thinking...how do I end my novel?


I am thankful for...the girls

I am wearing...black pants and a maroon blouse over a black tank up.

I am creating...a novel.

I am going...to write.

I am wondering...what do I want to do with my life.

I am reading....something fun but I forgot the title.

I am hoping...to be finished my novel by Friday.

I am looking forward to...the TGIO party.

I am hearing...Scott upstairs.

Around the house...for the rest of the week life is the novel. If I managed to feed myself and have clean clothes I will feel ahead of the game...clean dishes would be nice too but I might be expecting too much of my self.

One of my favorite things...Sara Grove's album Conversations.

A few plans for the rest of the week:...writing.

A picture to share:...

Word Count:...35,687/50,000

Saturday, November 17, 2012

TV Talk: I Heart Meta-Moments

One of my favourite things in a TV show is a good meta moment. Meta moments are those times the writers remind you that these authors where on another show, or pay homage to another show in the same genre. I've mostly seen this happen on sci-fi shows like Stargate, Warehouse 13, and Sanctuary though one of the best examples is Castle:

This isn't the only Firefly nods to be found on Castle. November 5th's episode "The Final Frontier" was great for the meta. With Nathan Fillion saying "shiny," mentioning Joss Whedon, and the case being centered around a showing being cancelled, it warms this Browncoats heart.I loved loved the episode when Castle and Kate encounter two Chinese workers who can't understand English.
Castle says (in Chinese): "My partner is crazy and may start firing at any moment."
Kate asks: "Semester abroad?"
Castle: "No, a TV show I used to love."
Beckett: "Nice job."
Other meta moments that made me smile:

1) SG-1 -Patrick McKenna (Harold Green on The Red Green Show) guest starred as Dr. Jay Felger in the episode "The Other Guys". There is a moment he is packing his gear and just holds up a roll of duct tape.
2) SG-1 -The whole "Worm Hole Extreme" episode but especially the reference to Firefly and Farscape.
3) Sanctuary -when guest star Michael Shanks (Daniel Jackson on SG-1) commented on liking Amanda Tapping's character's new look.
4) Warehouse 13 -not sure which episode but Myka said she didn't want to be a red shirt and her partner was excited she knew what that meant.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Dark Day

Third week of November is never fun. Self doubt, insecurities, writer's block have all plagued me in past years.This morning, in the midst of a personal moment of despair about life and future my computer crashed and with it my novel. I was a wreck (still am) and cried and cried. Balling to my sweet mother earlier today I might have been quoted as saying,

"Everything in my life is wrong
and I am the common denominator.
I must be wrong"

Which, now I can realize was absolutely not true but in the moment it felt more true then anything else. Why is it so hard to remember the good and truth when things are falling apart? I'm not sure but I don't like how off it made me.

A good friend convinced me that since I had writen over 30k that I wasn't allowed to change my word count to my match my last back up which is something like 20k. The laptop is still non-responsive. I'm going to have to hand write the next 20,000 words unless things change. That scares me. I want to go back to bed and pretend this was all just a silly nightmare.

Novel Update: I want to cry
Word Count: not sure have to count what I wrote.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thankful Thursday: 70-79

I am thankful for:

70. ...Life Group
71. ...Farmer's Market
72. ...Fresh Baking
73. ...the Hobbit
74. ...silly books
75. ...writing books
76. ...good twists in stories
77. ...deep chats
78. ...new games
79. ...Big Bang Theory
The new Thankful Thursday challenge is to share thousand unique blessings, this is the list so far: 1-31, 32-42, 43-54, 55-59, 60-69,

Novel Update: feeling discouraged
Word Count: 32,089 of 50,000

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

My Moving Adventures - Step 2 to 7

I achieved a "new apartment milestone" tonight. I hosted my Life Group at my place. It was the most people I've had in my place since move day. I love my apartment. It is nice to feel comfortable enough in my new place that I want people to come visit. Also, I love my Life Group so  it was great to have the over.

The visit lead me to two realization. The first, yesterday was my one month anniversary in the new place and second with the move, mum's visit, Trunk or Treat, and now NaNoWriMo I never finished My Moving Adventures. So here goes:

Step 2: Ask For Help
One of my good friends has taken Randy Pausch's advice about the value of your time to heart. If you are ever asked to help someone move, only agree if they can give you the names of four other people. My second step was to ask friends if they would help move and confirm at least five where available to help on move day. I had many say yes, and the nice bonus of two families offering their trailers.

Step 3: Gather Support
In most moves the support comes for the people you ask in step two and your family. My family is two provinces away. So, for me gathering support was picking my mum up from the airport. I was so very fortunate that she was able to come two weeks before the move and stay one week after. It was the icing on the cake. I do not think I would have been ready on move day if she had not arrived. Her being here kept the move from being stressful and made sure I actually ate real food (no fast food for three weeks was wonderful). Also, I just love my mum and it was a joy to be able to spend so much time with her.

Step 4: Pre-Move Moving
I was fortunate that I had access to my new place a week before I needed to be out of the old. Everyday we moved a few boxes over trying to leave only the bigger boxes and furniture for move day. It was great to have the kitchen organized before the move.

Step 5: Safely Pack Plates
Right after I knew I was going to be moving I went on Pinterest searching of moving advice. The best pin I came across was The Frugal Girl's advice on how to pack dishes. We used it. It was great.

Step 6: Moving Day!
It was basic enough. Take stuff from old place to new place. The morning was a stress free move. The first couple with trailer was on time. Another family was running late. Yet it was smooth. Everything was over in two trips, minus my huge wardrobe. We set Mum up at the new place to direct where boxes should go. The delayed family arrived just before the first family needed to leave...the dad's figured out how to the wardrobe to my place. After goodbyes more hands arrived. The wardrobe was dismantled and reassembled downstairs. We had lunch. Last helper arrived as the other family needed to leave but all that was left was arranging things. It was a great move day!

If you were one of those wonderful people who helped me move -THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

Step 7: Celebration
We went out for all you can eat sushi. It was wonderful!


And that wraps up my move. I apologize. I have yet to take pictures of the new place. I need to charge the camera battery and just keep forgetting to. There are a few things I still need to organize (mostly the bottle in the bathroom and my craft supplies). Yet it feels like home. I'm really excited to decorate for Christmas. It wasn't something I ever did in the old apartment but I love this place and want it to be festive. Must remember...no decorating till the novel is finished.

Novel Update: my characters are battling a giant cat
Word Count: 32,089 of 50,000

Monday, November 12, 2012

Write All Night ReCap

This past Friday night till Saturday morning, 7pm to 7am, was the third Write All Night. It was, I believe, hands down the best Write All Night far. Through, I might be biased I did organize the event. In my defense I organized the first two as well. What made this year so great? Here is a compilation of what we loved in no particular order (some are from the group some are just mine):

1) We were back at Dave's and it is just such a great space to write.
2) More words written then the previous two...and productivity was the point.
3) The continuing traditions of 3am food run.
4) The atmosphere was encouraging and helped every focus.
5) A new hourly individual word goals.
6) Working on a team to achieve word goals and competing.
7) The awesome team names:
  • Avenging Authors
  • Ninja Novelists
  • Warrior Writers
8) The even with the focus it wasn't "work" there was still down time and fun conversations.
9) I actually wrote. Normally I'm so focused on the event that I don't actually participate and this year I increased my word count significantly.
10) The Write All Night poster turned out awesomely awesome.

Novel Update: I finally figured out how the story begins
Word Count: 27,234/50,000

Sunday, November 11, 2012

The Simple Woman Daybook 124

FOR TODAY: November 11, 2012
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window....many pedestrians.

I am thinking...so many thoughts. I'm thinking about how my fantasy world works, if I liked Skyfall, which board game I should purchase (you can help me choose), and if it is too early to start decorating for Christmas. Oh, also I was asked how to define God this morning but that might go better under ponderings.


I am thankful for...Justine

I am wearing...jeans, a black blouse over a red tank up, with a black scarf.

I am creating...a novel.

I am going...to write.

I am wondering...what the difference between joy and happiness and if there is how to define joy.

I am reading....a book on writing Sci-Fi and Fantasy, The Camino and the Bible

I am hoping...to write have 45,000 by Friday.

I am looking forward to...the TGIO party.

I am hearing...the laughter and hum of other people in the coffee shop.

Around the house...novel distracted me last week so the organizing the bathroom had been rescheduled for tomorrow.

One of my favorite things...new movies.

A few plans for the rest of the week:...writing.

A picture to share:...I just saw this and thought I'd share. It made me smile
 

Word Count:...25,008/50,000

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Boardgame Dilemma

I was recently given a wonderful monetary gift of appreciation which I greatly appreciated. It took me a while to decide how to use the funds. A logical part of me wanted to use it on debt but a wise friend reminded me that it was a gift and gifts should be used for gifts. Her comment allowed me to think about what I would appreciate most.  Half will go towards something special for the new place and the other half a new board game. Only, narrowing the spending options has created a new dilemma.

What game do I want? There are always few games on my wish list but which one do I want the most? I was able to eliminate a few choices. If another friend owns the game I can play it with them. If I have not played it, watched a video about it, or was interested in it before today it is not the game for this purchase. I also decided that a few games that I doubt others would be interested in playing can wait. There is no point owning games if there is no one to play them with.

With those limitations I have narrowed down the list to three games. All are expansions/variations to Dominion. I did a Rate the Fun review here. The three options will add new kingdom cards and some interesting changes to the game playing. I am not sure which one I want. All have good rating on Board Game Geek, no one I know owns but it also means I have not tried them. So I am asking for your help. Which one interests you? Which one would you want to play? Leave a comment to help me decide.

The Choices:

Dominion: Prosperity

 "Prosperity is the 4th addition to the Dominion game family. It adds 25 new Kingdom cards to Dominion, plus 2 new Basic cards that let players keep building up past Gold and Province. The central theme is wealth; there are treasures with abilities, cards that interact with treasures, and powerful expensive cards."
Dominion: Hinterlands

"Hinterlands is the sixth addition to the game of Dominion. It adds 26 new Kingdom cards to Dominion, including 20 Actions, 3 Treasures, 3 Victory cards, and 3 Reactions. The central theme is cards that do something immediately when you buy them or gain them."

Dominion: Dark Ages

"Dark Ages is the seventh addition to the game of Dominion...It adds 35 new Kingdom cards to Dominion, plus new bad cards you give to other players (Ruins), new cards to replace starting Estates (Shelters), and cards you can get only via specific other cards. The central themes are the trash and upgrading. There are cards that do something when trashed, cards that care about the trash, cards that upgrade themselves, and ways to upgrade other cards."

Word Count: 22,136/50,000

Friday, November 09, 2012

Write All Night

Tonight is the third annual Write All Night, a twelve hour caffeine driven writing marathon from 7pm to 7am. This might be my favourite Valley writing event. It is a tough call. I also love celebrating NaNoEve and the TGIO party is full of joy, celebration, and prizes. What makes the Write All Night is the length, traditions (if three years can have traditions), the word growth, and the bizarre twists caused from lack of sleep.

Something new I am trying this year is to have three teams to compete for different types of writing points. I've had fun coming up with team names, which are -Avenging Authors, Ninja Novelists, and Warriors Writers....who will survive the night? I need to get back to writing. I will leave you with my favourite NaNo Parody created by the Toronto region.



Novel Update: so many words to write tonight
Word Count: 15,087

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Thankful Thursday: 60-69

I am thankful for:

60. ...Van Meekerens!
61. ...my church
62. ...warm blankets
63. ...bananas
64. ...a working cell phone
65. ...new games
66. ...NaNoWriMo
67. ...the NaNo Valley region
68. ...Dave for hosting Write All Night
69. ...plans working
The new Thankful Thursday challenge is to share thousand unique blessings, this is the list so far: 1-31, 32-42, 43-54, 55-59,

Novel Update:
10,012

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Trunk or Treat 2012

Last Wednesday was the church's sixth trunk or treat. The theme was "The Great Tomb Raid" I was worried in the weeks leading up to the event about everything. It's funny as the kid's pastor you'd think I'd have basic truths like "worry about nothing" and "cast all your cares upon me" figured out but no...I was stressed. I was worried we wouldn't have enough volunteers, candy, time, supplies. I was stressing about my schedule and planning. I was keeping up and leaving me frazzled. Yet, when I asked people came, supplies were donated, and the place looked better than I could have hoped.

Our trunk or treat always has three elements, the trunks, the upstairs activities, and the downstairs activities. Normally the cars park in a horseshoe so kids can go from trunk to trunk. This year the rain caused the treat giving to be moved inside. After walking through the vines guests were greeted by our pirate and Egyptian.

The year the upstairs activities included gathering candy, a family photo booth, tomb raiders cafe, and everyone's favourite game the dark maze. This year it was called "the great tomb raid." I didn't get a picture of the completed maze but this was the course. The finished maze had paper on the sides to avoid people going off course or between chair legs and we had cardboard on the tops.






Downstairs there were eight different games including tic-tac-toe toss, a ball pit for an animal match up, a mummy wrap-unwrap race, a treasure hunt, and this pyramid puzzle. It seemed everyone had great fun. At different games kids earned stickers to earn a special prize, which was an Adventures in Odyssey sample CD.


Novel Update -hit writer's block
Word Count: 8,447/50,000

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

10 Ways to Procrastinate

November is always a full month, a very very full month. There is Trunk or Treat recovery, Christmas preparation, NaBloPoMo (blogging everyday), and my favourite challenge NaNoWriMo (50,000 in 30 days). Last year there was HalCon and this year I'm working on settling into my new place. Even with so many things happening I'm finding myself losing hours procastinating. These are the Top Ten:

1. Napping
2. Reading fiction (currently a Pern book)
3. Reading about how to write
4. NaNo Forums -which is crazy b/c I never follow forums except in October and November
5. Deciding where to write (options are mostly between my place, coffee shop, crepe shop)
6. Playing with the kitty
7. Deciding if I am hungry and if so what to make...or do I want to go out?
8. Texting
9. NaNoToons
10. Chatting with friends at writing events


Some of those are good breaks, I still need to relax. It's when reading for a few minutes turns into three hours that I need to worry. So, what are your favourite ways to procrastinate?

Novel Update:
Word Count: 7,399/50,000

Monday, November 05, 2012

The Simple Woman Daybook 123

FOR TODAY: November 5, 2012
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window....a leave-less forest.

I am thinking...about the source of the ideas of dragons.


I am thankful for...New Hope Wesleyan Church

I am wearing...jeans, ML "I'm in charge" tee, and a green hoodie.

I am creating...a novel.

I am going...to writing group.

I am wondering...what the next story twist should be.

I am reading....The Renegades of Pern, Freedom, and the Bible

I am hoping...to write another 2000 words today.

I am looking forward to...vacation and the Write All Night.

I am hearing...the hum of my computer.

Around the house...going to tackle organizing the bathroom tomorrow.

One of my favorite things...inspiration.

A few plans for the rest of the week:...writing.

A picture to share:...from Trunk or Treat:
 
 

Word Count:...5,755/50,000

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Feeling Loved!

Today was a beautiful day. I love what I do. I truly believe being a youth and children's pastor at this church is exactly what God wants me to do and I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. Days like today remind me of that...and get me through some of the darker or stressful times. Today was our church's Pastor Appreciation celebration. The whole things was wonderful but there are two moments that stood out:

1) Someone wrote an acrostic for Liz, expanding on each word but it went:

Loving
Inspirational
Zestful
2) A family shared with me a conversation with their son:

Son: Today's Pastor Appreciation
Parent: Yes
Son: I have two pastors, Pastor Scott and Pastor Liz
Parent: Yep
Son: I have an upstairs pastor and a downstairs pastor.


For this downstairs pastor, it was a good day.

Novel Update:
Word Count 4,109/50,000

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Rate the Fun: Zombie Dice


On Tuesday, a game I ordered back in May, finally arrived. I am the proud owner of Zombie Dice. I am not one to buy a game I haven't played before, the exceptions have been after watching a review or strong recommendation.

For Zombie Dice I had both in the form of Will Weaton's Table Top. The youtube show is a mix of Guess Whose Coming to Dinner, Celebrity Poker, and board games. I love the idea; it is geeky greatness. In Episode Three, Wil Wheaton (played Wesley Crusher on TNG), Ryan Higa (youtube video creator), Freddie Wong (another youtube video maker), and Rod Roddenberry (son of Gene Roddenberry the creator of Star Trek) play three shorter games one of them was Zombie Dice.

Zombie Dice is a quick 10-20 minute game for 2 or more players. It includes a dice cup, which is all the game "box", 13 dice, and the rules. The explanation from the game site, "The 13 custom dice are your victims. Push your luck to eat their brains, but stop before the shotgun blasts end your turn!"


What I like about Zombie Dice is:
  • It is easy to explain.
  • It is quick to play which makes it perfect between other games game.
  • There is really no limit to the number of players.
  • It is fun...even when you are lose (of the three games I played yesterday I came in last in all of then).
The Score:
Zombie Dice = 8.9

The Rate the Fun Scale: 

10 = Outstandingly Awesome Game; Always want to play it and I expect this will never change.
9 = Excellent Game; Always want to play it.
8 = Very good game; I like to play. Probably I'll suggest it and I'll never turn down a game.
7 = Good game; Usually willing to play.
6 = Okay game; There is some element of fun or challenge; will play sporadically if in the right mood.
5 = Fair game; Slightly boring, take it or leave it.
4 =Not so good; It doesn't get me but I could be talked into it on occasion.
3 = Bad; Likely won't play this again but could be convinced.
2 = Extremely annoying game; Won't play this ever again.
1 = Clearly broken; You won't catch me dead playing this.

Novel Update:
Word Count: 3,749/50,000

Friday, November 02, 2012

Reading Challenge Update

I realized I haven't done this for awhile, three months, which isn't so bad since I've only read nine books. Which has pushed me over last years book total.

In other more exciting news NaNo Word Count: 3237!

And the reading challenges standars are:
1. Name: 2012 Book Blogger Recommendation Challenge VICTORY!
Books Read: 7/5

2. Name: Finishing the Series 2012 VICTORY!
Series Read: 11/3

3. Name: Mystery and Suspense Reading Challenge 2012 VICTORY!
Books Read: 14/12

4. Name: Mount TBR Reading Challenge
Books Read: 10/12

5. Name: 2012 Audio Book Challenge VICTORY!
Books Read: 17/12

6. Name: 2012 Dystopian Challenge VICTORY!
Books Read: 8/4

7. Name: Speculative Fiction Challenge VICTORY!
Books Read: 34/24

8. Name: 1st in a Series Challenge VICTORY!
Books Read: 8/6

9. Name: 2nds Challenge VICTORY!
Books Read: 13/12

10. Name: New Authors Challenge 2012 VICTORY!
New Authors Discovered: 25/15

11. Name: Read the Bible 2012
Books Read: 0/66 -using One Year Bible so far no books finished but keeping up with the daily reading

12. Name: 2012 Young Adult Reading Challenge VICTORY!
Books Read: 25/12

13. Name: What's In A Name 5
Books Read: 2/6

14. Name: All the Books of Pern Challenge 2012 VICTORY!
Books Read: 6/6

15. Name: Game of Thrones Reading Challenge 2012
Books Read: 0/5

16. Name: 2012 Women's Murder Club Reading Challenge VICTORY!
Books Read: 5/5

17. Name: 2012 Chunkster Challenge
Books Read: 3/4

18. Name: Tea and Books Reading Challenge
Books Read: 0/2

19. Name: Outdo Yourself 2012 VICTORY!
Books Read: 11/11

20. Name: The Reading Challenge Addict Challenge VICTORY!
Completed Challenges: 14/1-5

Thursday, November 01, 2012

So It Begins...

NaNoWriMo is a upon us again.

For those new the acronym, NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month. An international challenge to write a novel of 50,000 words in 30 days. It comes out to being 1,667 words a day. Last night two writing friend joined me to count down till midnight at which point we all began frantically writing. I was about the daily goal before I went to bed.

This is my 6th year participating and hopefully my 6th win. I am feeling very confident about my story but I always do the first day. NaNoWriMo is stressful fun. It will be a different story mid month, around the 30,000 word mark. The world is a lot dark at 30k, as explained in one of my favourite NaNoWriMo Songs "The NaNoWriMo Song." Talks With Snakes made an updated version of the song:


With NaNo here it also means the return one of my favourite things -NaNoToons :) The site has the archives of past nanotoons and 15 October Prologue to tie last years story with this years story. Much fun. Yay November, it might but my favourite month.

Novel: The Muse's Mix-Up
Word Count: 2,215/50,000

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy NaNo Eve!

Twas the night before NaNo, and all through my place
The writers were waiting to start the word race.
Some had plotted and outlined a story with great care,
While others were hoping when writing a story would be there.

The writers were waiting with no time for beds,
While visions novels danced in their heads.
Trying to working through a potential plot gap,
And I was thinking it was almost time for a nap.

But what was I thinking with November minutes away,
An event like this deserves a soiree.
There will be rejoicing and songs on piano,
Wishing you all a very merry NaNo!

Happy NaNo Eve! 

Novel: The Muse's Mix-Up
Word Count: 0/50,000

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Sweet Surprize: One Lovely Blog Award

Bowl of Stew(art) has it's first blog award nomination. It was a nice surprise after a few weak months of blogging but it made me smile. Thank you to my college friend Glo, who writes to A Different Drum Beat, for the nomination. You are a giver of smiles and warm fuzzies.

The Rules:
1.  Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
2.  List seven random things about yourself.
3.  Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award.

Seven Random Things:
1. I like polka dots, Doctor Who, and craft stores.
2. I've participated in NaNoWriMo five times.
3. I go to church in costumes most recently as ancient Egyptian royalty but not Cleopatra.
4. One of my favourite childhood books was The Runaway Bunny.
5. I started knitting when I was six.
6. I'm a boardgame geek.
7. I would rather read a real book than an ebook....but really enjoy audio books too.

Nominations:
This is hard because I don't read 15 blogs at the moment, many of the ones I would include are inactive, AND half of the active blogs I do read were nominated by Glo. We'll see how many I can get:

1. Choosing Hallelujah
2. The Agnostic Secretary
3. NIMLAS Studios
4. Aurora's Space

Monday, October 15, 2012

The Simple Woman Daybook 122

FOR TODAY: October 15, 2012
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window....dark.

I am thinking...15 days to NaNoWriMo.


I am thankful for...the new apartment. It is beyond wonderful!

I am wearing...jeans, U2 tee, grey pinstriped hat.

I am creating...a home.

I am going...home to bed.

I am wondering...about this week's to do list.

I am reading....Job (the guy in the bible not work opportunities)

I am hoping...the settling in continues to go well (Saturday's move was successful).

I am looking forward to...Trunk or Treat.

I am hearing...people talking in the other room.

Around the house...the bathroom, craft office, and bedroom need organizing but everything is coming together well.

One of my favorite things...shopping for my place. Today I got a kettle, butter dish, sugar bowl, and creamer.

A few plans for the rest of the week:...settling in, GEMS, opening show of a kids play, and a games night Birthday celebration. I promise picture of the new place soon. I left the camera at home.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

My Moving Adventures - Step 1: The Massive Purge

It's just two days till I move into my new place. Like everything else, moving is a process. A successful move begins long before the moving trunk arrives, or in my case 8 friends some of who have trucks and/or trailers.

For any long time readers, you would be aware that decluttering has been a long time goal, challenge, and stress in my life. I just had too much stuff. "My Moving Adventures" began mid September when three wonderful friend announced they were invading my house the next Monday. They were coming to help me give, donate, or throw things. Long before I could even think about moving I had to purge.

That Monday and the next two we sorted, divided, and conquered. I could not have done it without those ladies (thank you!!!). The grand total is:

20 bags of garbage/recycling 4 bags of clothes for donation
6 boxes of donated "stuff" and books
3 boxes of things that could be at the church
an assortment of cardboard boxes and a number of items like a indoor green house unit that my friends found homes for.
This was a picture from the first purge day, all but that wooden shelf and the three garbage bins did not return to the house!
Moving Step 1  - The Massive Purge
Come back tomorrow for Step 2 of My Moving Adventure

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

We Didn't Start the Series

Any time I hear the song "We Didn't Start the Fire" I am reminded of this clever promo commercial from the 90s for Star Trek: The Next Generation. All I really remembered was "We didn't start the series. We're the Next Generation on your favourite station," which is surprisingly catchy and often stuck in my head for days after.

I've wanted to hear the whole commercial today but never thought to search youtube....till today. And I found it. This makes me happy:
 

Sunday, October 07, 2012

The Simple Woman Daybook 121

FOR TODAY: October 7, 2012
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window....a beautiful rainbow of fall forest colours.

I am thinking...trends in kids ministry (and if they are good/useful), the upcoming move, and the general lack of blogging.


I am thankful for...my Mummy!

I am wearing...ancient Egypt costume including a robe, wig, and beaded head piece.

I am creating...another shawl.

I am going...to Thanksgiving dinner.

I am wondering...about truth and the reasons some people believe or don't believe.

I am reading....nothing at the moment

I am hoping...to get over this cold quickly.

I am looking forward to...being moved in.

I am hearing...footsteps outside my door.

Around the house...the migration of stuff from old apartment to new apartment begins this week and will be done Saturday!

One of my favorite things...when a friend offers the thing you need before you knew you needed it in this case, queen size bed sheets (old bed was a single).

A few plans for the rest of the week:...the move.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Simple Woman Daybook 120

FOR TODAY: September 30, 2012
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window....mist.

I am thinking...about making slime.

I am thankful for...unexpected road trips.

I am wearing...the pirate costume for the last night.

I am creating...a shawl.

I am going...to a football game followed by another crazy busy week.

I am wondering...if I can find an inflatable alligator before next Sunday.

I am reading....nothing at the moment

I am hoping...to nap later.

I am looking forward to...MUM visiting, only 2 sleeps!

I am hearing...chatting people in another room

Around the house...the last purge invasion before the move should happen tomorrow. I'll also get the keys to the new place and the rest of the week will be spent moving things over. OH and new bed arrives at new place on Wednesday!

One of my favorite things...donated yarn.

A few plans for the rest of the week:...house invasion tomorrow, writing group tomorrow night, Mum arrives Tuesday, Wednesday the new bed arrives, Thursday is corn maze in the dark, Friday is GEMS, Saturday more moving and visits happen.

A picture to share...the most recent picture of Mum and me:


Sunday, September 23, 2012

The Simple Woman Daybook 119

FOR TODAY: September 23, 2012
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window....people leaving church.

I am thinking...my boots must look awesome my feet really hurt.

I am thankful for...unexpected dinner plans.

I am wearing...the pirate costume again: brown pirate boots, black skirt, white shirt, red with white polka dotted pirate belt, blue pirate vest, red bandana with added Jack Sparrow-esque trickets, a pirate sword, and a captains hat.

I am creating...a shawl.

I am going...to have a crazy busy week.

I am wondering...how I'm going to accomplish everything, if there will be second unexpected dinner plans, and what I'm going to eat for lunch.

I am reading...Darksong Rising.

I am hoping...to accomplish everything.

I am looking forward to...seeing my mum, only 8 sleeps!

I am hearing...the Robot Unicorn Attack Song.

Around the house...the purging invasion continues tomorrow. So far we've removed 11 bags of garbage/recycling, a mountain of cardboard, four boxes for donation, and two very large very full bags of clothes.

One of my favorite things...sitting in my clean living room.

A few plans for the rest of the week:...house invasion tomorrow, Don Amero concert tomorrow night, volunteer training Tuesday, I hope/think games Wednesday, bring a parent to youth group Thursday, more volunteer training Saturday.

A picture to share...some of the things leaving my apartment last Monday:



Sunday, September 16, 2012

The Simple Woman Daybook 118

FOR TODAY: September 16, 2012
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window....the leaves are changing.

I am thinking...it's a great day to go to church....as a pirate.

I am thankful for...those moments when everything comes together.

I am wearing...brown pirate boots, black skirt, white shirt, red with white polka dotted pirate belt, blue pirate vest, red bandana with added Jack Sparrow-esque trickets, a pirate sword, and a captains hat.

I am creating...plans for my new apartment.

I am going...out with good friends this afternoon and then dinner party followed by a night of euchre.

I am wondering...why I bother to sign up for the blog 30 days challenge it failed the day after.

I am reading...Darksong Rising.

I am hoping...to fall asleep at a reasonable time.

I am looking forward to...moving in two weeks.

I am hearing...the worship team practice.

Around the house...friends are invading tomorrow to purge my house so I can move...OH and I bought a bed!

One of my favorite things...audio books

A few plans for the rest of the week:...reunion lunch today, euchre tonight, house invasion tomorrow, not sure about the rest of the week.

A picture to share...from today's Kidsworld Treasure Hunt theme:

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Thankful Thursday: 55-59

I am thankful for:

55. ...that I found an apartment (signing lease tomorrow)
56. ...that I have friends who still are friends during off weeks
57. ...phone calls to my family
58. ...the four people who went apartment viewing with me. Having another person asking questions and noticing details is helpful.
59. ...Thursdays
The new Thankful Thursday challenge is to share thousand unique blessings, this is the list so far: 1-31, 32-42, 43-54

Monday, September 03, 2012

Day at the Adventure Park

This summer was full of neat experiences and new adventures. All of which I wanted to blog about and none of which actually got shared. Part of me thinks too much time has passed but another part (the part that is going to win since I still have 27 days/posts to write) thinks that September is the perfect time to reflect and remember the summer. So here goes....

Late July we took the youth group to the new Adventure Park at Upper Clements. It is made up of five ropes courses at different heights full of obstacles and zip-lines. For the most part the kids had a blast. It was longer than we have expected, 2-4 hours turned into six and half hours. The delay was a combination of the size of our group, the amount of other people on the course, and a woman (not in our group) passing out at 40 feet and everything halting for at least an hour so the instructors and safety people could lower her off one of the courses.

In spite of that it was a great, very hot, very physical day. I enjoyed everything but the red course which made me cry and want to give up. I am not as young or in the same physical shape I once was. The only downside of the day was the parks no cameras policy. The reasoning is your hands needed to be free on the course. The rule applied to food, phones, cameras, even water bottles. So the only picture I got was a post-adventure shot displaying my close encounter with the course. I was unbelievably sore and stiff the next three days. Yet I'd be willing to try it again next summer.

Sunday, September 02, 2012

The Simple Woman Daybook 117

FOR TODAY: September 2, 2012
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window....the leaves are already starting to change.

I am thinking...about the book I'm reading and my to do list for the upcoming week.

I am thankful for...surprise belated birthday gifts (my birthday is in April).

I am wearing...black pants with a pink top.

I am creating...new decorations for Kidsworld's next theme. Kidsworld is the name of our children's ministry.

I am going...to read this afternoon.

I am wondering...how to accomplish everything without stressing.

I am reading...Set-Apart Femininity.

I am hoping...to find a good apartment that I can afford which allows cats.

I am looking forward to...watching the season premiere of Doctor Who, it aired last night but I missed it. It will happen some time this week.

I am hearing...hum of my computer.

Around the house...I need to start packing up so that when I do find a place to move moving can happen.

One of my favorite things...reading my Bible

A few plans for the rest of the week:...an at home day tomorrow, restart of Thursday night youth group, and preparing for "BIG" Sunday.

A picture to share...saying goodbye to the summer minion...um, summer student

Saturday, September 01, 2012

To Blog?

A few days ago I got a friendly reminder from NaBloPoMo that with September just around the corner I had another chance to participate in the blog everyday challenge. The question is do I sign up this month?

For The Nos
Right now doesn't seem like a great time to sign up for a 30-day challenge. Whenever I take on silly 30-day challenges like this one other areas of my life suffer. I can't really fall apart right now. I'm in the midst of the fall kick off at church while trying to find a new apartment. I don't really have extra time to stress about not making my daily blog quota. AND NaNoWriMo is only 61 days away.

For the Yeses

I like blogging but my average posting goes down in the summer. When I do share something they are the easy, limited thinking required, posts that one friend labelled "oh the boring ones I don't read" posts. Blogging every day would require me to be more creative in my posting and produce interesting content. I've had fun with this challenge in the past, so I could be a stress relief. And by attempting the challenge doesn't mean I have to kill myself to post everyday. If I keep it fun it will help me without having to become something I'm a slave to.

So, I signed up. I think the month theme is strange. Probably won't use any of the suggested prompts and that's okay. We'll see how many posts actually get written and shared. So far 1 of 30...only 29 days to go!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

The Simple Woman Daybook 116

FOR TODAY: August 12, 2012
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window....misty forests. It looks like something from a fantasy movie.

I am thinking...the social framework of a novel I read this past week. It was set in an alternative world where woman was the dominate gender. It was strange.

I am thankful for...answered prayer.

I am wearing...black shirt and a stripped skirt.

I am creating...plans for this years Trunk or Treat.

I am going...to the church's corn boil.

I am wondering...were I'm going to live in a few months.

I am reading...I finished my book last night.

I am hoping...for time to apartment hunt.

I am looking forward to...my last week with my summer student.

I am hearing...online TV.

Around the house...so much to do.

One of my favorite things...my church family

A few plans for the rest of the week:...corn boil, board meeting, movie plans, and hopefully a game of euchre before the week's end.

A picture to share...from the Cape Split hike

Sunday, August 05, 2012

The Simple Woman Daybook 115

FOR TODAY: August 5, 2012
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window....the early morning sun on a very green forest.

I am thinking...about so many things like: the morning service and what announcements I need to remember, the upcoming week of backyard club, apartment hunting, my legal rights as a tenant, the book I finished last night, the Olympics, and if I'll have enough space in my car for today's youth group event.

I am thankful for...down time.

I am wearing...black dress pants and a flower printed shirt.

I am creating...an awesome adventures and crafts for the kids at backyard club.

I am going...to hike Cape Split this afternoon and maybe the drive in tonight.

I am wondering...if I'm a feminist and if I'm okay with that.

I am reading...I finished my book last night.
I am hoping...that there are only four youth interested in the hike OR a parent wants to join us.

I am looking forward to...another week of Backyard Clubs

I am hearing...people upstairs.

Around the house...is a disaster again. I really need to figure out how to keep my house habits going when life else where gets busy or train the cats to do housework.

One of my favorite things...walks with friends.

A few plans for the rest of the week:...the hike, set up for backyard club, four mornings of backyard club, hopefully a games or movie night, and apartment hunting.

A picture to share...from the first week of our Sky Backyard Club (we borrowed the plane and pilot hat from my friend Rose whose church did the same theme from there Bible camp either this summer)


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

July's Reading Challenge Update

Crazy month without much reading time but with only three books I was able to finish a few more challenges -WOOT! I've also passed last years book-reading total. From now on any books I read add to my "out do yourself" challenge. Still looking for book ideas that fit these title requirements, open to book suggestions:
  • A book with a topographical feature (land formation) in the title, examples: Black Hills, Purgatory Ridge, Emily of Deep Valley
  • A book with a creepy crawly in the title, examples: Little Bee, Spider Bones, The Witches of Worm
  • A book with a type of house in the title, examples: The Glass Castle, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, Ape House
  • A book with something you'd carry in your pocket, purse, or backpack in the title, examples: Sarah's Key, The Scarlet Letter, Devlin Diary
1. Name: 2012 Book Blogger Recommendation Challenge VICTORY!

Goal: Level I - 5 books
Books Read: 7/5

2. Name: Finishing the Series 2012 VICTORY!

Goal: Level 3 - finish three series
Series Read: 9/3

3. Name: Mystery and Suspense Reading Challenge 2012 VICTORY!

Goal: Level 1 -read 12 books
Books Read: 12/12

4. Name: Mount TBR Reading Challenge

Goal: Pike's Peak -12 books from the TBR pile
Books Read: 10/12

5. Name: 2012 Audio Book Challenge VICTORY!

Goal: Going Steady -listen to 12 audio books
Books Read: 15/12

6. Name: 2012 Dystopian Challenge VICTORY!

Goal: Intermediate Post World Trainee 4-6 books
Books Read: 7/4

7. Name: Speculative Fiction Challenge VICTORY!

Goal: In Nirvana - 24 novels
Books Read: 28/24

8. Name: 1st in a Series Challenge VICTORY!
Goal: Series Lover -6 books
Books Read: 7/6

9. Name: 2nds Challenge VICTORY!

Goal: A Full Plate -12 books
Books Read: 12/12

10. Name: New Authors Challenge 2012 VICTORY!
Goal: 15 New Authors
New Authors Discovered: 21/15

11. Name: Read the Bible 2012
Books Read: 0/66 -using One Year Bible so far no books finished but keeping up with the daily reading

12. Name: 2012 Young Adult Reading Challenge VICTORY!

Goal: The Mini YA Challenge -12 books
Books Read: 22/12

13. Name: What's In A Name 5

Goal: Read a title that fits all 6 categories
Books Read: 2/6

14. Name: All the Books of Pern Challenge 2012 VICTORY!

Goal: Blue - 6 books
Books Read: 6/6

15. Name: Game of Thrones Reading Challenge 2012

Goal: Read the series - 5 books
Books Read: 0/5

16. Name: 2012 Women's Murder Club Reading Challenge VICTORY!

Goal: Level 5 books
Books Read: 5/5

17. Name: 2012 Chunkster Challenge

Goal: The Chubby Chunkster - 4 books
Books Read: 3/4

18. Name: Tea and Books Reading Challenge

Goal: Chamomile Lover - 2 books
Books Read: 0/2

19. Name: Outdo Yourself 2012

Goal: Breaking a sweat – Read 11–15 more books
Books Read: 2/11

20. Name: The Reading Challenge Addict Challenge VICTORY!

Goal: Easy as Pie 1-5 Challenges completed
Completed Challenges: 13/1-5

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Thankful Thursday: 43-54

Today, actually the whole week, had been filled with stress and tears. So, after a two month hiadus Thankful Thursdays are back because they are good for my soul. I apologize, but my blessings seem to have a theme:

43. I am thankful that I still have a roof over my head and am guaranteed one for the next 88 days.
44. I am thankful for the awesome blessing my low rent apartment has been the past six years. I did not realize how low the rent actually was till I started apartment hunting.
45. I am thankful that my place was pet-friendly...many are not.
46. I am thankful for my kitties who cuddle with me, at the moment they feel like the worse most expensive stupid decision I have ever made but I am glad they are in my life.
47. I am thankful for my mom who spent most of today patiently listening to my woes.
48. I am thankful for my best friend who spent last night listening to my woes and trying to motivate me to think up a positive action plan.
49. I am thankful for an acquaintance stopping me yesterday on my way to the market hugging me and reminding me that I am a strong woman and I will be able to face whatever was bothering me without knowing anything....well I do wear my emotions on my sleeve.
50. I am thankful for Hannah the Summer Student she's a blast in the office.
51. I am thankful that I get to preach on Sunday.
52. I am thankful for Kijiji for making the apartment hunting a little easier
53. I am thankful that it is berry season.
54. I am thankful that there is a solution to my problems even though I don't know what it is and God will answer my prayers.
My new Thankful Thursday challenge is a thousand unique blessings. You can find the weeks here: 1-31, 32-42,

Monday, July 09, 2012

The Simple Woman Daybook 114

FOR TODAY: July 9, 2012
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window....Wolfville's main street.

I am thinking....writing prompts (I'm at writing group).

I am thankful for...cafes

I am wearing...black dress pants and a purple flower printed shirt.

I am creating...a short story and knit purse.

I am going...home.

I am reading...Sophie's World

I am hoping...to chat with friends later this week.

I am looking forward to...seeing Best Friend.

I am hearing...cafe chatter.

Around the house...mostly laundry and getting ready for Beulah.

One of my favorite things...cheddar cheese.

A few plans for the rest of the week:...packing, writing, and district camp (Beluah).

Saturday, July 07, 2012

June's Reading Challenge Update

I've had an exciting realization today, we're half way through the year and I am over half way through my reading challenges. I've already surpassed my expectations for the whole year. So, yay for books and challenges going well.

The only one I have trouble with is the "What's in a Name?" challenge (mostly because I forget to look for titles that fit). Do you have a book suggest for these remaining categories?
  • A book with a topographical feature (land formation) in the title, examples: Black Hills, Purgatory Ridge, Emily of Deep Valley
  • A book with a creepy crawly in the title, examples: Little Bee, Spider Bones, The Witches of Worm
  • A book with a type of house in the title, examples: The Glass Castle, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, Ape House
  • A book with something you'd carry in your pocket, purse, or backpack in the title, examples: Sarah's Key, The Scarlet Letter, Devlin Diary
The rest of the update:
1. Name: 2012 Book Blogger Recommendation Challenge VICTORY!

Goal: Level I - 5 books
Books Read: 7/5

2. Name: Finishing the Series 2012 VICTORY!

Goal: Level 3 - finish three series
Series Read: 8/3

3. Name: Mystery and Suspense Reading Challenge 2012
Goal: Level 1 -read 12 books
Books Read: 11/12

4. Name: Mount TBR Reading Challenge

Goal: Pike's Peak -12 books from the TBR pile
Books Read: 10/12

5. Name: 2012 Audio Book Challenge VICTORY!
Goal: Going Steady -listen to 12 audio books
Books Read: 14/12

6. Name: 2012 Dystopian Challenge VICTORY!

Goal: Intermediate Post World Trainee 4-6 books
Books Read: 7/4

7. Name: Speculative Fiction Challenge VICTORY!

Goal: In Nirvana - 24 novels
Books Read: 26/24

8. Name: 1st in a Series Challenge VICTORY!

Goal: Series Lover -6 books
Books Read: 7/6

9. Name: 2nds Challenge

Goal: A Full Plate -12 books
Books Read: 11/12

10. Name: New Authors Challenge 2012 VICTORY!

Goal: 15 New Authors
New Authors Discovered: 20/15

11. Name: Read the Bible 2012
Books Read: 0/66 -using One Year Bible so far no books finished but keeping up with the daily reading

12. Name: 2012 Young Adult Reading Challenge VICTORY!

Goal: The Mini YA Challenge -12 books
Books Read: 20/12

13. Name: What's In A Name 5

Goal: Read a title that fits all 6 categories
Books Read: 2/6

14. Name: All the Books of Pern Challenge 2012 VICTORY!

Goal: Blue - 6 books
Books Read: 6/6

15. Name: Game of Thrones Reading Challenge 2012

Goal: Read the series - 5 books
Books Read: 0/5

16. Name: 2012 Women's Murder Club Reading Challenge VICTORY!
Goal: Level 5 books
Books Read: 5/5

17. Name: 2012 Chunkster Challenge

Goal: The Chubby Chunkster - 4 books
Books Read: 3/4

18. Name: Tea and Books Reading Challenge
Goal: Chamomile Lover - 2 books
Books Read: 0/2

19. Name: Outdo Yourself 2012

Goal: Breaking a sweat – Read 11–15 more books
Books Read: 0/11

20. Name: The Reading Challenge Addict Challenge VICTORY!

Goal: Easy as Pie 1-5 Challenges completed
Completed Challenges: 11/1-5

Friday, July 06, 2012

Summer Office Conversations

I'm back! Still feeling jet legged but settling in. Life is good especially at the church. I've enjoyed getting to know my summer student. She's picked up communicating with me quickly especially when I was sick and having trouble focusing also this week dealing with my jet leg. It's been fun...for example: Yesterday's Conversation: Summer Student: "It's okay I know what I'm doing" Me: "Good, I'll let you handle it because I'm pretty clueless." Summer Student: "I've noticed" Today's Conversation: Me: "How did my search for Rahab lead to a Rainbow Bright colouring page?" Summer Student: "What's Rainbow Bright?" Me: "Um, a cartoon from the 80s" Summer Student: "Wow you're old"

Friday, June 22, 2012

Travel Day

Sitting at the Halifax airport moments before my flight should start boarding, tying to post on my iPod. Auto correct is no fun when it doesn't get what I am trying to say.
I realized or was reminded traveling is really more about waiting that anything. Hurry to check in early and wait. Stand in lines and wait. Rush to the gate and.....wait. And then there are the delays and layovers. Upside I have time to write. So far everything has gone smoothly. I'm just three flights away from Central Asia!